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Encyclopedia > The Transformers (TV series)
This page is about the original Transformers animated series. For information on other Transformers animated series, see Transformers series.
The Transformers
Format Animated television series
Starring See Cast
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States/Template:JAPAN
No. of episodes 98 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 17, 1984November 11, 1987
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Transformers is an American/Japanese animated television series depicting a war between giant robots who could transform into vehicles, animals, and other objects. Written and recorded in America, and produced for American audiences, the series was animated in Japan and South Korea, and was based upon the line of transforming toys originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, which were developed into the Transformers line by American company Hasbro. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This page is a master list of the assorted animated television series based on the Transformers toyline. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a list of all 98 episodes of the original American animated series The Transformers, first aired in America between 1984 and 1987. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ... Takara Co. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


In Japan, the series was called Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer (戦え! 超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā?, lit. "Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformer") for Seasons 1 and 2, and Transformers 2010 (トランスフォーマー2010 Toransufōmā Tsūōwanō?) for Season 3. In response to the 1993 relaunch of the toyline and its accompanying comic being called Transformers: Generation 2, this series and its comic book parallel are frequently referred to by the retronym, Transformers: Generation 1 - initially a fan-coined term that has since made its way into official use. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... A retronym is a type of neologism coined for an old object or concept whose original name has come to be used for something else, is no longer unique, or is otherwise inappropriate or misleading. ...

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Production background

The Transformers toyline and cartoon/anime series all owed their existence to the Japanese toyline, Microman (an Eastern descendant of the 12" G.I. Joe action figure series). In 1980, the Microman spin-off, Diaclone, was released, featuring inch-tall humanoid figures able to sit in the drivers' seats of scale model vehicles, which could transform into humanoid robot bodies the drivers piloted. Later still, in 1983, a Microman sub-line, MicroChange was introduced, featuring "actual size" items that transformed into robots, such as microcassettes, guns and toy cars. Diaclone and MicroChange toys were subsequently discovered on show at the 1983 Tokyo Toy Fair by Hasbro toy company product developer Henry Orenstein, who presented the concept to Hasbro's head of R&D, George Dunsay. Enthusiastic about the product, it was decided to release toys from both Diaclone and MicroChange as one toyline for their markets. Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed commandos produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Takara Toys Diaclone toys were transforming vehicles piloted by miniature Micromen called an Inch-Man. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


Once the Federal Communications Commission did away with regulations that prohibited toy companies from broadcasting cartoons based on their products in 1984, the way was cleared for the new product-based television program. FCC redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ...


Hasbro had previously worked with Marvel Comics to develop G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for a three-pronged marketing scheme - the toyline, a tie-in comic book by Marvel, and an animated mini-series co-produced by Marvel's media arm, Marvel Productions, and the Griffin-Bacal Advertising Agency's Sunbow Productions animation studio. Given the success of that strategy, the process was repeated in 1984 when Hasbro marketing vice president Bob Prupis approached Marvel to develop their new robot series, which Jay Bacal dubbed "Transformers." This article is about the comic book company. ... First production logo used after Marvel acquired DePatie-Freleng Enterprises The 1980s Spider-Man Marvel logo used when New World bought Marvel. ... Original Sunbow Productions logo Sunbow Productions is an animation production studio, founded in 1981 and owned up until 1998 by Griffin-Bacal Advertising in New York. ...


Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief at the time, Jim Shooter, produced a rough story concept for the series, creating the idea of the two warring factions of alien robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. To flesh out his concept, Shooter called upon veteran editor Dennis O'Neil to create character names and profiles for the cast, but O’Neill’s work – for whatever reason – did not meet with Hasbro’s expectations, and they requested heavy revisions. O’Neill declined to make said revisions, and the project was turned down by several writers and editors approached by Shooter until editor Bob Budiansky accepted the task. Hastily performing the revisions over a weekend, Budiansky’s new names and profiles were a hit with Hasbro, and production began on a bi-monthly four-issue comic book miniseries, and three-part television pilot. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer, best known for his work on the Transformers comic. ...


Japanese designer Shōhei Kohara was responsible for creating the earliest character models for the Transformers cast, greatly humanising the toy designs to create more approachable robot characters for the comic and cartoon. His designs were subsequently simplified by Floro Dery, who went on to become the lead designer for the series, creating many more concepts and designs in the future. Floro Dery was responsible for the look and feel of The Transformers cartoon series and was the visual creator of the Transformers: The Movie. ...


Show history

For a list of episodes, see List of The Transformers episodes.

This is a list of all 98 episodes of the original American animated series The Transformers, first aired in America between 1984 and 1987. ...

"More Than Meets the Eye" pilot/mini-series

The three-part mini-series was animated by Japan's famous Toei Animation studio.[citation needed], and it first aired in the United States in September 1984, then in the United Kingdom in early 1985. The pilot introduced Optimus Prime's Autobots and Megatron's Decepticons, transplanting them from their metallic homeworld of Cybertron to present-day Earth, where they warred for the resources that would take them back home. The conclusion of the series has the Decepticons defeated and the Autobots poised to return to Cybertron, but this was blurred somewhat when the series was picked up for continuation, and the Autobots remained on the planet to protect it from renewed Decepticon threats. Toei Animation Company, Limited ) (JASDAQ: 4816) is a Japanese animation studio owned by the Toei Company. ... This article is about the year. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... This article is about the Transformers character. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ...


Season 1

Thirteen further episodes were commissioned for the first season of the series, and the pilot was re-aired, now with the title "More Than Meets the Eye." Running from September to December 1984, the series established important new concepts that would persist through the rest of its run, such as the Decepticon Space Bridge, and featured the debuts of several new characters that would be available in the toyline the following year - the Dinobots, Jetfire (known as Skyfire on the series), the Insecticons and the Constructicons. This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... A space elevator would consist of a cable attached to the surface and reaching outwards into space. ... The Dinobots are a team of characters in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Jetfire is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... For other uses, see Skyfire (disambiguation). ... Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes. ... Devastator Devastator (Japanese: Devstar) is the name of the first gestalt created in the Transformers fictional universe. ...


Season 2

With the series having proved a great success, the second season was created with the intent of getting the series into syndication, and hence consisted of a mammoth 49 episodes (and a new version of the theme song), bringing the total produced up to the required number of 65. Whereas the first season had functioned episodically, but also had a general continuity to its episodes, requiring that they be viewed in a certain order, Season 2 and its syndication goals saw this method of storytelling dropped in favor of single-episode tales mostly without lasting repercussions, which could hence be generally watched in any order that networks chose to air them in. These episodes often served to spotlight single characters and flesh them out more, and Season 2 certainly needed that, given that it introduced a slew of new troops - although this was one of the stranger things the cartoon added, as it offered no explanation for where any of these new characters came from. In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


While most of the new characters introduced in the 1985 toyline were further Diaclone and Microman toys, some of them modified in unique ways, Hasbro also drew on other resources to bulk up the line, acquiring toys from ToyCo (Shockwave), ToyBox (Omega Supreme, Sky Lynx) and Takatoku Toys (Jetfire, Roadbuster, Whirl and the Deluxe Insecticons). The latter company's absorption by Bandai - the main competitor to Takara, the Japanese toy company that had created Diaclone and Microman, and were releasing Transformers in Japan - caused some legal problems, however, and none of their toys featured in the cartoon, save for Jetfire, reimagined under the name "Skyfire." This article is about the year. ... Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... Omega Supreme is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... Sky Lynx was an Autobot in the original Transformers toyline and appeared in season 3 of the animated series. ... Takatoku toys was a Japanese toy company active during the 1970s and 1980s. ... Roadbuster is a fictional character from the Transformers universe. ... Whirl is the name of a fictional character from the Transformers universes. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... Takara Co. ...


The tail end of the second season introduced four combining teams of Autobots and Decepticons - the Aerialbots, Stunticons, Protectobots and Combaticons, each team capable of merging their bodies and minds into one giant super-robot. Although debuting in this season, the toys - based on an unmade Diaclone line that was aborted in Japan in favor of importing the Transformers toyline itself - would not be available until 1986. The Aerialbots (called Airbots in Japan) are a group of five Autobots that transform into aeroplanes and combine to form the giant robot Superion. ... The Stunticons are a group of Decepticons feared for their psychotic behavior that have the capability to do death-defying vehicular stunts and wreak havoc on the streets. ... The Protectobots are an emergency, search and rescue team of five Autobots in the Transformers toyline. ... The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ...


And 1986 would prove to be a big year for Transformers, with the summer release of The Transformers: The Movie. Although a critical and box-office flop, the movie was a turning point for the animated series universe, jumping the action forward twenty years to the then-future of 2005 and introducing a new cast of characters that were the first to be originally created for the Transformers line, and not derived from other toylines. Free of the restrictions of television, the movie featured many character deaths, as the old guard were wiped out to make room for the next generation of toys. // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Season 3

The future setting of the movie continued on into the third season of the series, which debuted in September 1986 and ran to November of that year, picking up right where the movie's events had left off. With the addition of Flint Dille as story editor, the series took on a strong sci-fi orientation, with grimmer storylines and stronger inter-episode continuity that revisited concepts more regularly than past seasons. The visual look of the series took a hit, however, when fifty percent of the seasons episode were produced by Korean animation studio AKOM, who delivered lackluster visuals and abundant animation errors. The grim direction, different animation and new cast of characters ultimately failed to sit well with the viewing audience, who desired to see Optimus Prime return to life after his big-screen demise. The production team ultimately gave in to these demands, and Prime was brought back in a two-part dénouement that aired in February 1987. A slightly different version of the theme song was the new intro for the season, first heard in the Transformers commercials. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1986 in television involved some significant events. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... AKOM is a South Korean animation studio that has provided much work since its conception in 1985 by Nelson Shin. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ...


Season 4

Finally, Hasbro attention from the series drifted, and it was not allocated the funds that would allow it to continue. The series was brought to a close in November 1987 with the airing of the fourth season, which consisted solely of a three-part story entitled "The Rebirth." Penned by regular series writer David Wise, who had previously scripted several mythology-building episodes, "The Rebirth" introduced the Headmasters and Targetmasters (plus the Autobot and Decepticon clones and the Decepticon six-changer Six-Shot), and restored a new age of peace and prosperity to Cybertron. But the Decepticons stole the final scene of the episode, just to let viewers know that their evil was not yet crushed, and that the battles would go on. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ... David Wise is an Emmy-award winning television and animation writer, tutored by writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Harlan Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon whilst attending the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop. ... ... Targetmaster is a subline of the Transformers toyline that include Nebulan sidekicks who can transform into the Transformers weapons. ...


The theme song was still the same as the one from season three, but the intro had scenes from season three as well as scenes from past Transformers commercials.


Although this was the end of the series in the West, in Japan, four additional animated series were produced - Transformers: The Headmasters, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, Transformers: Victory and Transformers: Zone. The theme song was still the same as the one from season three, but the intro had scenes from season three as well as scenes from past Transformers commercials.


Season 5

The Transformers did not quite disappear from American airwaves either, however, as a fifth season aired in 1988, serving as "best of" collection of the series. It re-aired 15 episodes from the original series, along with The Transformers: The Movie edited into a further five episodes. To help promote the then-new Powermaster Optimus Prime figure, the first new Prime figure since 1984, Sunbow produced new material featuring a stop-motion (and machine prop) version of Powermaster Prime interacting with a boy named Tommy Kennedy. Each episode would be told as a story to Tommy by Optimus Prime, and together they would essentially introduce and close each episode. This time, the intro had clips from both the series and the movie. This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ...


Plot

For the purposes of plot, The Transformers: The Movie (1986) is considered part of the series. This plotline reflects only the events depicted in this cartoon series, and in the accompanying movie.

Four million years ago, on a distant planet called Cybertron, life existed in the form of sentient robots which could think and feel, called Transformers. The race of Transformers was divided into two main clans. Autobots (known as Cybertrons in the Japanese cartoon), led by Optimus Prime, wished for peaceful co-existence. Decepticons (known as Destrons in the Japanese version), under the command of Megatron, sought conflict and universal conquest. Both sides were embroiled in an ages old war for supremacy. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article is about the Transformers character. ...


With both sides running low on energy, the Autobots, aboard the Ark, sought out a new source, but the Decepticons, aboard their space-cruiser (later given the name Nemesis in the Beast Wars animated series), ambushed them in hopes of gaining a decisive advantage. The Decepticons boarded the Ark and the ensuing space battle resulted in both the ships crash landing on a pre-historic Earth, the Ark crashing into the side of a dormant volcano. (The fate of the Nemesis is subject to retroactive continuity. For the full story, see the Nemesis article.) The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Nemesis is a Decepticon spaceship in the fictional Transformers Generation One universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Nemesis is a Decepticon spaceship in the fictional Transformers Generation One universe. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ... The Nemesis is a Decepticon spaceship in the fictional Transformers Generation One universe. ...


Four million years passed while the Autobots and Decepticons lay dormant aboard the Ark. In the Earth year 1984, the volcano housing the Ark erupted, reawakening the ship's computer, Teletraan I, which then set out a probe to scan life earth life, and modified the Transformers so as to give them alternate modes that could blend in on Earth, but the probe did not recognize carbon-based life, and instead chose vehicles like a truck for Prime and F-15 Eagles for 3 Decepticons. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... This article is about the year. ... The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Teletraan I is the name of the Autobots computer on board the Ark. ...


The Autobots and Decepticons, now stuck on Earth, continued their war more ferociously than ever. The Decepticons wished to drain Earth of all its resources, converting it into energon for their use, while the Autobots were committed to stopping them, and to protecting the human race. This era would later be referred to by Transformers as the "Great War." The war was almost ended as soon as it began, as the Decepticons gained an early lead, and were even able to build a space cruiser to leave Earth, however Autobot intervention prevented them from escaping orbit. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Human Race could be: The Human race. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


New allies were gained on both sides. Humans Sparkplug Witwicky, and his son Spike Witwicky, allied with the Autobots, while the human Doctor Arkeville sided with the Decepticons. Jetfire and the Insecticons were discovered already living on Earth. Both sides even built new allies to join their cause, the Autobots building the Dinobots and the Aerialbots, and the Decepticons building the Stunticons and the Combaticons. They were later joined by some allies who had been elsewhere in the universe including Omega Supreme and the Constructicons. Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... This article is about modern humans. ... Doctor Arkeville (frequently misspelled as Dr. Archeville or occasionally Dr. Arkavil) is a fictional character from the 1984-1987 Transformers television series. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Jetfire is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Basic Insecticon Trio Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Dinobots are a team of characters in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Aerialbots (called Airbots in Japan and Aérobots in France) are a group of five Autobots that transform into airplanes and combine to form the giant robot Superion. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Stunticons are a group of Decepticons feared for their psychotic behavior that have the capability to do death-defying vehicular stunts and wreak havoc on the streets. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ... Omega Supreme is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... The Constructicons (known as Buildrons in Japan, Constructicans in France and Escavators in Italy) are a group of fictional characters from the Transformers universe. ...


Despite wild gimmicks on both sides, including attempts to build better weapons, to undermine history through time travel, and even a temporarily successful attempt to warp Cybertron into Earth's orbit, neither side gained an overwhelming advantage, despite the Decepticons being defeated by the Autobots in nearly every episode. In the long run however, the Decepticons took the lead in the Great War, creating a Space Bridge that allowed them to warp individual Transformers to and from Cybertron at any time. This allowed them to claim rule of Cybertron, which gave them the winning edge for many years. Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ...


All of this changed in 2005, over 20 years after the start of the Great War. The Decepticons launched a surprise attack on Autobot City, on Earth. Countless Transformers lost their lives in the battle for Autobot City, but the Decepticons were repelled thanks to Optimus Prime's victory over Megatron, a victory that came at the cost of his own life. The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... This article is about the Transformers character. ...


Megatron and the other wounded Decepticons were abandoned by the stronger members of the team, in part due to Starscream's desire to usurp Megatron as leader. The God-like Unicron found them drifting in space. He rebuilt Megatron as Galvatron, and sent him on a quest to destroy the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. The Autobots' new leader, Rodimus Prime, was able to stop the Decepticons however. In his first battle as leader, he destroyed Unicron, reclaimed Cybertron for the Autobots, and expelled Galvatron into deep space. This article is about the Transformers character. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ... This article is about the Transformers character. ... This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... This article is about the Transformers character. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional Transformers, most often the recreated version of Megatron, the Decepticon Supreme Commander. ... The Autobot Matrix of Leadership (or Creation Matrix) in the fictional Transformers universes, is a talisman of legend, passed down from Autobot leader to Autobot leader. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Rodimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers universe. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional Transformers, most often the recreated version of Megatron, the Decepticon Supreme Commander. ...


The Decepticons, without focus and dangerously low on energon, retreated to the burnt out world Charr. It was there they waited, until Cyclonus discovered Galvatron was simply expelled and not killed. Upon rescuing Galvatron, the Decepticons renewed their efforts to vanquish the Autobots and to claim complete control of Cybertron. The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Energon is the primary source of power for the Transformers. ... Cyclonus is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional Transformers, most often the recreated version of Megatron, the Decepticon Supreme Commander. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional Transformers, most often the recreated version of Megatron, the Decepticon Supreme Commander. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ...


Both the Autobots and Decepticons soon learned they had a common enemy. A secretive race known as the Quintessons plotted the destruction of both Autobots and Decepticons. Rodimus Prime learned that these "new" Quintessons were no strangers to the Transformers at all. Rather, the Quintessons were the original creators of the early Transformers. Cybertron was a Quintesson factory before it was ever the Transformers' "home." The Quintessons went so far as to destroy their own home world in an attempt to vanquish the Transformers. In the end, the Quintessons, who relied on thorough probability analyses, were outdone by a now adult Spike Witwicky whose actions, unlike those of the robotic Transformers, the Quintessons were not able to predict. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Rodimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers universe. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... The Witwicky Family beginning with Sparkplug and his son Spike met the Transformers shortly after their reawakening on earth in 1984 and had continuing interaction with them far into the future. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ...


The Great War continued, this time with the Autobots controlling Cybertron, and enjoying the advantage. The war was no longer waged primarily on Earth. Now, the whole universe was their battlefield. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ...


In 2006, a disease called the Hate Plague was released upon the universe. This disease, which infected human and Transformer alike, threatened to destroy everything. With their leader Rodimus Prime infected, the remaining Autobot Sky Lynx and a Quintesson finished rebuilding Optimus Prime, who was able to reclaim the Autobot Matrix of Leadership from Rodimus Prime and use it to eradicate the Hate Plague, draining the Matrix of all the power it had possessed. This article is about modern humans. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... Rodimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sky Lynx was an Autobot in the original Transformers toyline and appeared in season 3 of the animated series. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) “Prosecutor” Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons are fictional aliens from the Transformers universe. ... Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... The Autobot Matrix of Leadership (or Creation Matrix) in the fictional Transformers universes, is a talisman of legend, passed down from Autobot leader to Autobot leader. ... Rodimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers universe. ...


Optimus Prime retains leadership of the Autobots. While the Decepticons continue to pose a threat to peace, Optimus Prime vows to resist Decepticon rule forever. Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Other Transformers continuities

The comics produced by Marvel between 1984 and 1991 tell a substantially different version of the story. Both versions were equally authorized by Hasbro. This article is about the comic book company. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...

For information on other Transformers continuities, see Transformers universes.

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Episode list

For a list of episodes, see List of Transformers episodes

This is a list of all 98 episodes of the original American Transformers TV show in the 1980s. ...

Cast and characters

For a list of characters, see The Transformers (animated series) characters.

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Supplemental sequences

Opening sequence

The opening sequences for each of the first three seasons were entirely unique, with no episode footage being reused, and each of the three had their own version of the famous Transformers theme tune. Additionally, the third season story Five Faces of Darkness had its own specialized opening sequence for all five parts, depicting events that occurred in the miniseries. The fourth season of the show, however, did not feature any new animation in its opening sequence, instead combining together footage from the third season opening and various clips of animation from 1987 toy commercials, alongside the third season opening theme. Rodimus Prime ushers in the First Galactic Games Five Faces of Darkness was the five-part season premiere for Season 3 of the the 1984-1987 cartoon The Transformers. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Ending credits

Like the opening sequences, the ending credits sequences changed every season. However, these sequences were clip reels of scenes from episodes of that season.


Transition sequences

A brief sequence was used frequently to transition between scenes. The symbol for either the Autobots or Decepticons would be seen being replaced with the other symbol (or in some cases, the same symbol again). Which symbol was shown initially depended on which Transformers faction was being chiefly depicted just before the transition, and likewise, the latter symbol was for the Transformers faction that was to be depicted immediately after the transition. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ...


This transition technique, reminiscent of the one used in the original Batman T.V. show, became a hallmark of the series. It was used throughout the entire four year run. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the 1960s television series. ...


Mini-documentaries

Several mini-documentaries aired at the end of certain Season 3 episodes. Excepting one brief newly-animated shot of Slammer and Scamper in the Transformers cities segment, all of these simply used clips of the series. Mini-documentaries were made on each of the following subjects:

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PSAs

Five proposed PSAs were created for the second season of the series, but never actually aired on television (they appear as bonus features in Rhino's Transformers Season 3 DVD set, Metrodome's Season 1 DVD set, the Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD and the Transformers video game from Atari). These PSAs were based on the PSAs produced by the G.I. Joe television series (which was also produced by Sunbow Productions and also based on toys made by Hasbro). They even reused the catchphrase "...and knowing is half the battle," which was popularized by the G.I. Joe PSAs. These PSAs included: A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good. ... Transformers is a PlayStation 2 video game based on the Transformers: Armada animated series. ... This article is about the corporate brand. ... Original Sunbow Productions logo Sunbow Productions is an animation production studio, founded in 1981 and owned up until 1998 by Griffin-Bacal Advertising in New York. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...

  • Bumblebee advising children not to run away from home.
  • Tracks catching kids in the act of stealing cars.
  • Red Alert reminding us to wear reflective gear when riding our bicycles at night.
  • Seaspray showing us why it's important to wear life jackets when boating (voiced here by Wally Burr, rather than by his regular actor, Alan Oppenheimer).
  • Powerglide teaching us not to judge others without getting to know them first.

Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Tracks (Le Sillage in Canada, Puma in Italy) is the name to a single character in the Transformers Universes. ... Red Alert is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... For the special aviation unit, see SEASPRAY. Seaspray is the name of a fictional character in the Transformers universes. ... Wally Burr is an American voice actor and director. ... Alan Oppenheimer (born April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York) is an American voice-actor who has had an active career in cartoons since the 1940s. ... Powerglide is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ...

DVD

Seasons 1-4 were released on DVD in the U.S. between April 23, 2002 and March 9, 2004. The Season 1 DVD was a best seller for Rhino Entertainment (a subsidiary of Time Warner) and it led to the release of more season DVDs until the last season box set was released in 2004. They were also released in single volumes, but not for the Season 3 Part 2 and Season 4 box set, because the volumes were not selling and the box sets were. The first two seasons were released on VHS with no bonus features, but because of the DVD boom Rhino decided to stop making Transformers VHS box sets. In 2005, Rhino lost the rights to distribute more Transformers DVDs. Since then, the U.S. Release of the Transformers Season Box Sets has been hard to find. The license is now in the possession of Sony Wonder. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sony Wonder logo Sony Wonder was the childrens music and home video arm of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ...


Metrodome Distribution released Seasons 1-4 in the UK (Region 2) between November 17, 2003 and October 11, 2004. The seasons were released in four box sets: Season 1, Season 2 Part 1, Season 2 Part 2 and Seasons 3 & 4. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Madman Entertainment has released the four seasons in 6 box sets in Australia (Region 4): Series 1, Series 2.1, Series 2.2, Series 3.1, Series 3.2 and Series 4.


A collector's tin box set was released in Asia by Guangdon Qianhe Audio & Video Communication Co. under license by Pexlan International (Picture) Limited. The set includes the entire series, The Transformers: The Movie, a set of full color postcards, a rubber keychain, and a full color book (graphic novel style) which serves as an episode guide. Even though the book is almost entirely in Mandarin, the chapter Menus contain English translations for each episode. The set is coded as Region 1, but is almost impossible to find in stores in North America, many can be found on online auction sites. This article is on all of the Northern and Southwestern Chinese dialects. ...


Sony BMG has announced that they will re-release the first season of the series in 2007, and the other seasons will presumably follow. However these will most likely be just a re-release of Rhino's DVDs. The basis for this being that Sony's version of The Transformers: The Movie when sold at Costco came with an exclusive Bonus Disc that had the original 1984 pilot (episodes 1-3) with the added sound effects in them. This disc was used as a preview for the Transformers Season 1 boxed set coming out in 2007 from Sony. Sony BMG, however, dissolved Sony Wonder in 2007, limiting the possibilities of a DVD re-release of the series, though there is a chance that it will still be released because Sony has moved their Sony Wonder label to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video, DVD, and UMD distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. ...


DVD criticism

Rhino's DVD boxsets have been criticized by owners. Various reasons include that the episodes as seen on the Rhino DVDs are based on incomplete 35 mm film masters, as opposed to the original 1" broadcast master videotapes aired on television. Although the film masters are very detailed and colorful, many of the episodes contain alternate or incomplete/missing animation that was originally corrected/completed for the broadcast versions. As a result, the DVD versions of the episodes are less "finished" than the versions that aired on television. Rhino attempted to fix some of the "new" errors, with lackluster results. Most of the errors are in the Season 1 box set with "Heavy Metal War" being the worst episode in terms of incomplete animation and bad attempts by Rhino to fix the errors.


In addition, the telecine transfer of the film masters turned out to be sub-par, and did not provide any proper 3:2 pulldown system for transferring the 24 frames-per-second film to 60 fields-per-second video. As a result, aliasing (jaggies) appear frequently in most, if not all, of the episodes. [1] Telecine (IPA pronunciation: . Phonetic: tel-e-Sin-ee; tel-e-Sin-a as cine is the same root as in cinema; also tele-seen.) is the process of transferring motion picture film into electronic form, or the machine used in this process. ...


Further, the Rhino versions of the episodes have a plethora of newly-added sound effects from a stock sound effects library (which many fans have said are annoying and distracting), sound effects that did not appear in the episodes as originally produced and broadcast. These sound effects were intended to only appear on the episodes' 5.1 soundtrack, but for select episodes in the Season 1 and Season 2 Part 1 sets, the stereo soundtrack also exhibited the added sounds. For the Season 2 Part 2 set, every single episode's 2.0 stereo soundtrack had the added sounds from the 5.1 track. It wasn't until the Transformers Season 3, Part 1 boxset that Rhino bowed to the fanbase and added an "original broadcast audio" option. These new sound effects were also applied to several European releases of the Transformers series, as well as to The Transformers: The Movie: Reconstructed DVD (although it should be noted that Rhino's own version of TF:TM does not have the added sound effects). Only serving to enhance the discontent, the sound studio responsible for this, Magno Sound, have untruthfully claimed that the sounds were always there.[2]


Other complaints aimed at the Rhino sets include incorrect main and end titles for some episodes, (most notably the "Five Faces of Darkness" 5-part series), and bonus features that have little or nothing to do with the original series (such as footage of Transformers fan conventions).


Generation One comics

The cartoon was produced in tandem with a comic book series, also referred to now as "Generation One" (or more simply "G1"). Hasbro has given both the cartoon and the comic equal footing in canon, even though some details are contradictory. Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


The name "The Ark," referring to the Autobots' ship, was not used in the original cartoon. In the cartoon series the ship's computer was called Teletraan I; in the comics, it was called "Auntie," though this name was not often used. The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ...


Controversy

Death of Optimus Prime

The character Optimus Prime was killed off during The Transformers: The Movie, sparking outrage from parents who felt the character's death adversely affected their children. The writers had already planned to bring Optimus partially back to life for one episode, "Dark Awakening", before killing him off again. As a result of the public outcry, however, they brought him back for good in the episode "The Return of Optimus Prime". It is worth noting that in Japan, despite the same revival occurring, Optimus (known there as "Convoy") was killed yet again in the 1987 Japanese-exclusive Transformers: The Headmasters series, and was not brought back until four years later in the magazine-exclusive "Transformers Battlestars: Return of Convoy" story, in which he was reborn as Star Convoy. Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ... The Return of Optimus Prime is the two-part season finale of Season 3 on the animated TV series The Transformers. ...


Carbombya and Casey Kasem

In the episode "Five Faces of Darkness (Part 1)", the character Abdul Fakkadi was introduced as the "Supreme Military Dictator, King of Kings, and President for Life of the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya." This was an obvious play on tensions between the United States and Libya. Fakkadi's name is a near anagram of Libyan President Moammar Kadaffi's name. Casey Kasem, who voiced the character Cliffjumper and the Autobots' computer Teletraan I and who is of Lebanese descent, objected to the parody, and quit the show when it was not removed from the episode. Cliffjumper, despite having survived the movie, was phased out as of that episode, and Teletraan I was destroyed with the Ark in the episode "Five Faces of Darkness (Part 5)." Rodimus Prime ushers in the First Galactic Games Five Faces of Darkness was the five-part season premiere for Season 3 of the the 1984-1987 cartoon The Transformers. ... Carbombya is a fictional North African nation from the Transformers 1980s cartoon. ... The Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya or Libya (Arabic: ليبيا) is a country in North Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, located between Egypt on the east, Sudan on the southeast, Chad and Niger on the south and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. ... Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi1 (Arabic:   ) (born c. ... Kemal Amin Casey Kasem, (born on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American radio personality and voice actor. ... Cliffjumper is the name of several characters from the Transformers line of toys. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... Teletraan I is the name of the Autobots computer on board the Ark. ... The Ark is an Autobot spacecraft in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Trypticon faces off against Metroplex Five Faces of Darkness was the five-part season premiere for Season 3 of the the 1984-1987 cartoon The Transformers. ...


Animation mistakes

The original Transformers cartoon contains many continuity errors and contradictions, of varying notability. One of the most famous flubs of the series was the origin of the Constructicons, which has contradictory information presented regarding it in each of the first three seasons. In the Season 1 episode "Heavy Metal War", Megatron creates the Constructicons on Earth. In the Season 2 episode "The Secret of Omega Supreme", the Constructicons are shown to have existed on Cybertron, where they were good robots that were turned evil by Megatron's Robo-Smasher. In the Season 3 episode "Five Faces of Darkness (Part 4)", the Constructicons are clearly shown in a flashback paradoxically creating Megatron (although of the three, this one is more than likely to have simply been an animation error).

Another major discrepancy occurs in "The Return of Optimus Prime." During the episode "Dark Awakening", Optimus Prime loses an arm in battle with Rodimus Prime, and is clearly shown to be destroyed as he pilots a ship to its destruction. Later, in "The Return of Optimus Prime", two scientists find his body floating completely undamaged in an undamaged ship, and there is no evidence of any ambush or battle taking place (as occurred in "Dark Awakening"). The Constructicons (known as Buildrons in Japan, Constructicans in France and Escavators in Italy) are a group of fictional characters from the Transformers universe. ... Devastator and Snarl face off. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Return of Optimus Prime is the two-part season finale of Season 3 on the animated TV series The Transformers. ...


Several similar continuity and animation errors occur throughout the run of the series such as Autobots with Decepticon logos, some misplaced Autobots in a Decepticon group shot, characters appearing twice in one shot, missing or incorrect colors (such as an all-blue Optimus Prime), missing glow effects for energon cubes, etc. Optimus Prime (known as Convoy in Japan) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Transformers universes. ...

Generation 2 series

Main article: Transformers: Generation 2

From 1993-1995, the original Transformers series was rebroadcast under the Generation 2 label. The Generation 2 series featured a new computer-generated main title sequence, computer-generated scene transitions, and other small changes. The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ...


The original stories were presented as though they were recordings of historical events by the Cybernetic Space Cube (sometimes referred to as the Cybercube). The cube had the various scenes on its faces, which it spun between for transitions, replacing the classic spinning Autobot/Decepticon logo.


A large percentage of the characters featured in the show did not feature in the toyline, and vice versa. The G1 toys rereleased for G2 which did feature in the show sometimes had their color-schemes radically altered and no longer matched their animated counterparts. One of the most notable discontinuities was the G2 Megatron; more stringent toy laws concerning gun replicas forced the re-imagining of Megatron as a M1 Abrams tank with a green camoflauge color scheme, completely at odds with his form on the series as a Walther P38 handgun. The M1 Abrams is a military tank produced in the United States. ... The Walther P38 was a 9 mm pistol that was developed by Walther as the service pistol of the Wehrmacht at the beginning of World War II. It was intended to replace the costly Luger P08, the production of which was scheduled to end in 1942. ...

References

  1. ^ Jon Talpur - Rhino episodes vs. Original episodes: The differences
  2. ^ Archived discussion of added sound elements in Rhino DVDs

External links

  • Transformers cartoon trivia from IMDB
  • Transformers-fans.de - German Toy gallery and News page
  • Transformers @ The Moon - Largest Transformers toy gallery on the web and a huge Transformers resource, founded in 1999
  • A Tribute to Soundwave - New site (2007) by Abraxas
  • Transformers video's archive
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The Beast Wars and Beast Machines version of Megatron is the main antagonist from the aforementioned parts of the Transformers animated series, toy lines, and multiverse. ... This is a list of the known Predacons from the Transformers fictional universe and toyline. ... Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universes and toyline. ... Primus is the benevolent godlike entity in the fictional Transformers comic universe who fought against the Chaos-Bringer Unicron. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... This is the list of all known Mini-Cons from the Transformers toy line and other series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ... Maximals are a faction in the Transformers toyline by Hasbro and the accompanying animated television series Beast Wars. ... This article is about the evil factions of Beast Wars and Transformers: Robots in Disguise known as Predacons and the Armada character of the same name. ... Vehicons are one of the many sub-groups of Transformers, appearing only in the animated cartoon series Beast Machines. ... Mini-Cons are a human-sized race and faction of power-enhancing transforming robots in the Transformers: Armada universe and its sequels, one of the assorted universes in Transformers fiction. ... Basic Insecticon Trio Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. ... The Constructicons (known as Buildrons in Japan, Constructicans in France and Escavators in Italy) are a group of fictional characters from the Transformers universe. ... The Dinobots are a team of characters in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... The term Herald of Unicron is an unofficial term that refers to a Transformer that has served as a minion of the Transformers villain, Unicron. ... The Transformers is a line of toys designed and produced by the toy companies Takara and Hasbro. ... The Transformers is a line of toys designed and produced by the toy companies Takara and Hasbro. ... Machine Wars was a short-lived toy series in the Transformers toyline, introduced in 1996. ... Beast Machines is an animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment and distribuited by Universal Pictures that was a direct sequel to Beast Wars and is a television series to take place within the continuity of the original Transformers series. ... The Transformers is a line of toys designed and produced by the toy companies Takara and Hasbro. ... Transformers Classics are a line of Transformers toys that are based on and resemble the first generation characters and figures introduced in the 1980s. ... Display cases for upcoming Transformers at BotCon 2006 BotCon, briefly known as The Official Transformers Collectors Convention (or OTFCC), is an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. ... Toys in the Transformers movie toys are released in conjunction with the 2007 Transformers film, comics and video games, and expand on the characters and story in them. ... This article is about the series. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... The Transformers was an 80 issue US comic book by Marvel Comics telling the story of the Transformers. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... New Avengers/Transformers is a project from Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing. ... Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... IDW Publishing (a division of Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company. ... The Transformers is a comic book series by IDW Publishing, based upon Hasbros Transformers characters and toy line. ... Beast Wars is a comic book series by IDW Publishing, based upon Hasbros toy line and the original television series. ... Display cases for upcoming Transformers at BotCon 2006 BotCon, briefly known as The Official Transformers Collectors Convention (or OTFCC), is an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. ... This page is a master list of the assorted animated television series based on the Transformers toyline. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Beast Wars II: Super Life-form Transformer ) is the 1998 Japanese Transformers television animated series, movie and toyline. ... Beast Wars Neo is the 1999 Japanese Transformers television animated series and toyline and is a direct sequel to Beast Wars II. Both animated series were created because of the time taken to dub and air new seasons of Beast Wars in Japan. ... Beast Machines is an animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment and distribuited by Universal Pictures that was a direct sequel to Beast Wars and is a television series to take place within the continuity of the original Transformers series. ... The Unicron Trilogy is a series of television programs, comic books, and toy franchises in the Transformers maxi-series. ... For the 1986 animated film, see The Transformers: The Movie. ... The Transformers is a platform / shoot em up game based on the Transformers franchise. ... The Headmasters ) is a 1987 Famicom Disk System video game by Takara based on the popular television series and released only in Japan. ... Transformers: Beast Wars is an action role-playing game released by Hasbro Interactive released on December 5, 1997 for PlayStation and May 31, 1998 for PC. It is based on the popular Beast Wars animated series, specifically the first season, after the introduction of Airazor and Inferno. ... DreamMix TV World Fighters ) is a 2003 multiplayer fighting game for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in Japan. ... Transformers ) is an action role-playing game released by Takara on October 30, 2003 for PlayStation 2 exclusively in Japan. ... Transformers is a PlayStation 2 video game based on the Transformers: Armada animated series. ...

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